911MOVES

Prepare Now!

 

Presenting the 911Toolbox

The 911Toolbox is a 
Survival Program Designed for All Ages.

First we look at suggested materials for young people 1-25

 

 

The 911Toolbox includes a hands-on learning tool (component) and is presented in 12 age appropriate modulesavailable here 24 hours a day and updated throughout the year on a no-cost basis.

After reading the 12 survival education modules here online, you can download the pdf versions from  the n links shown at each of the M1 to M6 toolbox drawers. The original print documents can be optained by submitting an application to the FEMA warehouseor mailing your request to Jessup MD.

EMP Disaster Preparedness

Among predicted national and worldwide disasters the EMP Task Force on National Security .are the upcoming EMP (electromagnetic pulse) disruptions in our electrical grid. which are widely predicted but the timing is unknown. When disasters happen, the total cell, tablet, EBT, Banking systems and computer devices will become inoperable for multiple days with normal operation returning in multiple days to 18 months.

All citizens daily communication and methods of living will be disrupted. 

Those with the 911 Moves survival education will weather the events much better than those who do not have this training.

The events will effect all municipal systems which your daily functions are reliant upon. We urge you to take action now by taking 3 personal steps:

1. Follow the 911 Moves Fire Prevention and Life Safety Education module and become prepared.

2. After reviewing the materials, fill out the educational request and the FEMA warehouse will send “paper” educational documents to your home on a “no-cost” basis.


3. Review the documents with your family and share them with your immediate neighbor. Also, we urge you to schedule multiple times to follow the survival instructions, then develop a neighborhood group that is committed to starting a neighborhood survival team.

The choice of becoming educated in survival disciplines is in your hands. The initial cost is your time and the cost in developing a survival program depends on “how prepared” you, your family, neighbor and neighborhood want it to be.

Through the use of web, pdf documents, interactive education and printed data,  911toolbox creates a pilot educational “survival coalition” with FEMA, Red Cross and National Service Corporation, and most importantly, community interactions. 

The base elements in the 911toolbox pathway are shown in 12 Modules of the program. 

Each drawer of the tool box is age specific and shown as:
 

 


DRAWER M1 = ages 1-3 and with the example given:
With approval from National Fire Uh-Ohs nfpa4kids.org
(The Uh-Ohs is a trademark of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). ON. BACK. OFF. ENTER CODE. ENTER.)


SUMMARY: M1 GOAL:
The comic characters face dangerous situations (crossing the street, playground, bicycle, kitchen) and dangers are shown. Yes, the character’s are cute and curious but they are careless. Through the comic scenarios NFPA has created an awareness program that parents and children navigate together in a “Family Environment”



DRAWER M2 = ages 4-7 

Visit Ready, Set, Prepare education located at:
Ready Set Prepare
 
and advanced education presented in “Heros”level 1 for grades 1-2 located at:
"Heros" and summarized below:

SUMMARY: M2 GOAL:
In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Early Elementary School (1st-2nd grades), students will learn about emergencies and how to prepare for them. From fire safety to natural disasters, they will exercise their investigative, creative, and communication skills working both individually and collaboratively.



DRAWER M3 = ages 8-11
with the Ready, Set, Prepare education located at:
Ready Set Prepare! 8-11 
with advanced student collaboration shown through:
Hero grade 3-5
 Be A Hero Youth Emergency Preparedness


SUMMARY: M3 GOAL:
In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Upper Elementary School (3rd-5th grades), students will work individually and in teams to research emergencies that can impact communities locally and nationally, and apply creativity and literacy skills to demonstrate their understanding of emergency preparedness.



DRAWER M4 = ages 12-14 and advanced HERO education shown at:
Hero grade 6-8  
 Be a Hero Grades 6-8

SUMMARY: M4 GOAL:
In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Middle School (6th-8th grades), students will develop a graphic novel to show their understanding of emergency preparedness. They'll gain knowledge through research, games, simulations, discussions, debates, and other inquiry-driven activities.



DRAWER M5 = ages 15-18 and advanced HERO education shown at:
Hero grade 9-12:  
Hero Grades 9-12


SUMMARY: M5 GOAL:
In the Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for High School (9th-12th grades), students will engage in discussions, multi-media research, surveys, and interviews to develop their own communication campaigns aimed at raising awareness and motivating others to be prepared for emergencies.
 


SUMMARY: M6 GOAL:
Finally, we try to put it all together with
bettertogether.org/
simply meaning it is better to do it together than alone. Advanced training for ages 19-25 is shown through and interactive program IS-317 or the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
CERT Online Training Opportities
CERT training materials and IS-22 "Are You Ready" 
IS-22 Are You Ready? Guide

 

 

THE SENIOR VAULT
 
The Vault is a section of the 911moves Toolbox designed for seniors and those who live with or who may care for disabled seniors.

READY FOR DISASTER
As with all sections of 911moves the central theme is dealing with emergencies when basic services and access to necessities are interrupted.
 If there is a weather or other large scale disaster affecting our area, we may not have access to ambulance, fire or police services. If phone and electrical services are down we may be on our own to struggle to survive. It’s our responsibility to to be as prepared disasters or crisis as possible. That includes getting some basic supplies and information and community cooperation together before hand.

 BOOMERS BE PREPARED
There are millions of Baby Boomers who are now classified as Seniors or will soon be while still active and somewhat unprepared for their new “Golden Years” ahead. We offer suggestions for remaining safe and healthy while surviving some potentially difficult and unsafe situations in your future.
Unforeseen events can create health and other complications.

AT RISK
“Young Seniors” may not realize that they have joined a group labeled “at risk” by medical and other emergency services. EMS providers are trained to expect that while seniors are unique individuals, they have certain qualities, as an age group that make them more susceptible to life threatening breathing, circulation, nervous system and muscular-skeleton injuries and illnesses. For these reasons we hope to help reduce the common obvious but overlooked causes of accidents like fires, falls, and the injuries that come with these situations. Those accidents often follow or are caused by medication complications and side effects. Often Seniors are not following their medication instructions perfectly and sometimes their physical situation changes since that med was chosen. Multiply the seriousness of their predicament if help is not on the way because of a larger disaster somewhere else.

OUR GOAL
Our goal is your safety and good health through some preventative techniques and methods as well as suggestions for enjoying active independent living. As the world around us becomes more stressful and demanding, we’re constantly working to provide and update our suggestions. We must be aware at all times that services we’ve come to expect and depend on can be interrupted by unexpected major disaster.
These are a few sample topic links:
A. HOME DANGERS
This introduction and 22 minute video on dangers in
your home and literature series at http://safeelders.org/ .
This is an excellent “safety video” for seniors (minimizing risks at home).
Our introduction to the subject of safety with falls and fires features
PDF documents for your library.
B. HEALTHY AGING
We feature webme.com for healthy aging; a guide for preventing
slips, trips and falls at: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/prevent-slips-falls/.
This is your over 50+ reference on how to avoid falls by creating
your safe zones in your home questions concerning your specific needs.
C: HOME SAFETY
Check out these vital videos and brochures available online about Falls and Fires at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_sr_program.aspx.
The National Safety Council presents "Slip, trip and falls injuries!"http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home.aspx.
 
This material will help you and those around you survive any national disruptions and will help with rebuilding our communities.

Best from the facilitators of the “911 Moves” Fire Prevention and Life Safety Education movement.

 

Request FOR ALL VISITORS;

All educational materials on this site are covered by copyright guidelines.
We respectfully request that if your organization incorporates
them into your community program, you respect the
original organization's copyright guidelines.

All facilitated material has been selected as the most applicable
for your family needs and Community-Based Resiliency Program.
Please contact these various organizations for printed hard copies.

Regards with thanks for developmental comments
to Frank and Glenn.

See contact section for your input. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArchiveThese are articles from over the past two years.

 

HURRICANE NIGHTMARE

As we go into the Holiday Season most of us take for granted the many necessities still missing to many in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and parts of Florida and Texas because of recent hurricane damage.

While hurricanes come and go in the U.S. every year, Florida, Texas were badly hit and damaged but Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were wrecked. 

FAILED RELIEF EFFORTS

For months now, P.R. has been largely without electrical service. Vital services that require power e.g., lights, communication, refrigeration, and many medical services have still not returned to what even in P.R. would be considered bare necessity.

The recent Hurricanes in Texas and Florida reminded us that flooding and wind damage repeatedly hits coastal areas in the U.S. causing relief efforts to be overwhelmed. In Texas many calls to 911 went unanswered to the point of uselessness. Stranded people turned to social media for help. People in flooded areas were able to make contact with local friends and neighbors to get out of their homes. 

During the approach of Huricane Harvey in Florida people we know were directed to shelters which were not ready for them. Red Cross and FEMA as well as local emergency agencies were basically MIA. All this in coastal areas where severe storms like this are happening more often as time goes on.

This is where Prepping comes in handy.

 

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Unprepared Masses Have no Escape as Fuel Runs out …

https://offgridsurvival.com/unprepared-masses-no-escape-hurricane-irma

With Hurricane Irma aimed directly at Florida, millions of unprepared people are scrambling to make their way out of the danger zone as mandatory evacuations were

 

RACE TO SURVIVE

Having a getaway plan, having survival food and water with first aid kits and proper clothing all would help but were a rarity among many who made it to shelters just in time. Mostly necessary preparations were last minute.

With hard work the cleanup is under control in Florida and Texas but in the Caribbean, the struggle continues.

 

REBUILD/REPEAT

With little electrical service 2 months after Hurricane Maria, the blame for slow response and poor conditions continues but what's the best way forward? Sounds like everyone's fresh out of money for the big rebuilding project ahead. Is Puerto Rico the right place to be long term? Just as with coastal areas of mainland U.S.A., the haphazard rebuilding starts immediately. There aren't enough workers to get the job done as quickly as needed. Often the plans are the same as before.

Meanwhile, there are not enough generators for everyone but shipments keep coming in. Cell phone service has been a problem in P.R. Still. So too are clean water issues that cause disease and mosquito problems like dengue, cikungunya, and Zika. There's also the lack of refrigeration and other home necessities like money for just about everything 

An important part of the big picture is the question of whether some of these places will ever be as livable as they have been in the past. Are we rebuilding as it always was for the next storm to come along and wreck everything? Do we need to reconsider everything or just go along on the same old rickety program?

Either way, looking at government and aid agencies performance with this last round of hurricanes, everyone needs to consider some alternatives for themselves. Being better prepared from the personal level to FEMA/Homeland Security needs careful ongoing review.

 

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

At all levels thought needs to into working around overwhelmed 911 services by thoroughly educating the public of all aspects of hurricane preparedness. Much of the chaos involved with getting ready for these storms, which happened so closely together, needs to be reduced. Traffic control and shelter preparations need to be upgraded and improved. 

The discussion begins about whether we can change the way we're constructing these vulnerable areas. Evacuations and expensive rebuilding need to be done better. 

More than likely many people will repeat the process of fleeing or seeking shelter, waiting out the storm and rebuilding. The price eventually gets too high to repeat everything this way.

 

WARNING FOR ALL

Disasters that wipe out the grid, epidemics or pandemics that can shut down medical and emergency services are possible at any time. We need to be prepared.

Here's some guidance for preparing for Hurricanes:

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Hurricane Season Preparedness | State of Florida

www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide.aspx

The essential guide to prepare for hurricane season including hurricane facts, common terms, hurricane kits, safety tips and more.

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[PDF]

Hurricane Survival Guide - haveahurricaneplan.com

www.haveahurricaneplan.com/guide.pdf

 

 

 

Have a Network.

We need to protect ourselves and families from dangers to our health and safety. We can’t easily control our personal environment 100% as isolated hermits but we can try our best to work with others, our neighbors, members of organizations we belong to and our 'leaders' to get action.

If our infrastructure is decaying we must protect our communities, ourselves, and our families.

There's work ahead!

G. Hughes

 

From <http://911moves.com/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=2>

 

 

 

 

Panic In Paradise

Imagine you're one of the lucky tourists from around the world visiting Hawaii for the beautiful beaches and fantastic island scenery for a top notch vacation. Tourists come long distances for a unique World Class respite from the troubles of fast paced life at home.

Last week, January 13th 2018 an official Hawaii State alarm went out for all of Hawaii,  that there was an incoming nuclear weapon due to arrive in less than an hour!

There was a second part to the official message that the first message was not a drill. It was to be taken seriously.

 

You could imagine your disappointment!

At that moment on January 13th, terrible public fear ensued across this isolated island state. It might have caused panic for you and other tourists not knowing the place too well yet.

Most people scrambled, completely unprepared, for shelter from the incoming nuclear weapon. Parents lifted manhole covers and forced their children through the opening to survive the blast and fallout. They weren’t alone. Everywhere it was a madhouse of confused fear.

 

HAWAIIAN PREPARATIONS

Just under a month before the nuclear panic, on December 1st 2017 Hawaii did activate a small test of their emergency warning system comprised mostly of antiquated siren systems not developed for this noisier and more crowded world than when they were installed. The test was mostly ignored with little seriousness about how to prepare for incoming nuclear weapons.

From the December 1st warning test till the January 13th when the phone warning was announced there were the threats between Trump and Kim Jong Un traded about the use of buttons to release nuclear holocaust by both leaders with the American president promising he had the larger button.

Within an hour of the message that there was an incoming nuclear weapon about to hit Hawaii there was a new message that the threat of nuclear destruction was a mistake. There was no real threat.

There were apologies and explanations of human technical errors, two separate button mistakes (!) by the same distracted communications expert .

During the panic 40 minutes the television stations apparently went about their usual business of entertainment and were absolutely no calming or informative influence.

Afterwards, the exhausted residents of Hawaii and tourists returned to their lives, their loves and probably large adult refreshments with new disrespect for those involved with this huge fiasco.

More recently Hawaii Governor David Ige explained, now more than a month after big non-event, that he had trouble contacting Hawaii residents and visitors during the panic because he forgot his password to his Twitter account.

You can't make this kind of thing up.

Imagine if it was your big vacation day, or for someone scheduled for heart or emergency surgery. Would the hospital staff hang around for the operation when there was an imminent nuclear blast?

There's 1.45 million Hawaiians plus the sun worshipers that were very dramatically affected by a coming nuclear weapon attack that wasn't real.

Do you write to the Governor of Hawaii and express your disbelief?

Seriously, in the U.S. And around the world we take the chance and consequences of nuclear war and the aftermath pretty much as if it was impossible.

It wouldn't hurt to read up on it a bit because at the very least, accidents happen. Can we trust the fail-safe systems 110%?

There are quite a few reasons for us to be thoughtful about preparing for nuclear war accidents:

The U.S. Air Force has launched an investigation into illicit, off-duty drug use by troops who protect its nuclear weapons, senior service officials said Friday, the latest black eye for a nuclear force that has suffered several scandals in recent years. The Washington Post March 18, 2016

More to come with nuke prep suggestions. Too bad many people won’t take the warnings seriously next time.

 

Map of Stakeholders in Disaster Prep

Frank Palmer

 

 

    Getting into FEMA's

"Creating a Culture of

Preparedness" 

Let's understand, practice and include

 it in our preparedness plans.

Goal 1:

We can reduce damage, loss of life and enhance the nation’s resilience to disasters by leveraging several FEMA missions including: preparedness, insurance, mitigation, grants, and continuity.

We are engaging the many stakeholders—all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and citizens—especially volunteers to join with us as partners in this effort.

How do we join together to meet this goal?

We will begin with four areas where we can drive 

change with FEMA and beyond.

First, 

We need to acknowledge that before, during and after a disaster, individuals working together in the impacted communities must be the first responders. We need to empower and prepare these individuals with lifesaving skills to help speed response and recovery efforts. 



Second

We need to encourage citizens to be financially prepared 

for disasters. We need to reduce the financial burden of disasters 

to individuals, businesses, and governments by closing the 

insurance gap. There is no more important or valuable disaster 

recovery tool than insurance. This of course includes the National 

Flood Insurance Program. But it’s not just flood insurance. 

All types of insurance have a role to play in reducing financial risk.

 

Third, 

We need to build more prepared and resilient communities to reduce risks 

to life, property, and taxpayer expense. This includes investing along with FEMA in mitigation such as property acquisition, rebuilding, and relocation. We must learn from the disasters and destruction by Rebuilding Better.

The National Institute of Building Sciences recently released a study that found, on average, $1 spent on Federally Funded mitigation grants saves the nation $6 in future disaster costs.

 

Fourth, 

We need to assist communities before disaster strikes with their continuity planning to ensure that essential government services function following a disaster. This also includes issuing emergency alerts and notifications to ensure citizens are informed, and taking protective actions, during disasters.

 

We are asking for you to join us in building a culture of preparedness—

an ambitious, yet achievable goal.

What will you do?

Start with the basics - 

Background and educational tools for YOU:


http://911moves.com/index.php

for access to the program.


http://911moves.com/index.php/ct-menu-item-3 

shows the up-coming challenges facing our emergency services in the USA


http://911moves.com/index.php/ct-menu-item-5 

where you will find 6 webcast
introductions to basic all-hazards disruptions.


http://911moves.com/index.php/ct-menu-item-7 

Our background.


http://911moves.com/index.php/frank-s-bogworld 

Frank's blog spot where future videos, webcasts and 

topics of concern will be issued for your information,

comment and suggestions.


http://911moves.com/index.php/archive 

Important news and items of concern.

 

FEMA's 2018-2022 Goal and plan:

https://www.chds.us/m/media/player?id=3469

 

Something that you should be alerted to and will be incorporated

into 911moves.com advanced learning sessions. 

THIS will be covered in Frank's Bogworld-level 1 (understanding

the new challenges in our future preparedness baseline education). 

Essentially this 360 degree route has been completed. Citizens 

must have these basics of preparedness in their knowledge base. 

 

Why?

 

Understanding the new challenges facing everyone strengthens the resilience in our emergency response and recovery from disasters.

 

The new FEMA is explained at: https://www.chds.us/m/media/player?id=3469.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

 

Multiple worldwide weather events are changing how and why we should become better prepared. 

 

The heart of All-Hazards Preparedness should automatically be in everyone's survival plans.

 

Until disaster hits home, the normal popular responses I've heard are "That could never happen" or "YOU are just a DISASTER JUNKIE obsessed with being prepared".

 

As a volunteer firefighter and medical technician with 38 years of service (until an serious accident put an end to that) taught me to "never say never" because....it may happen to us or someone we know.

 

I am posting this due to the concern for your safety. The theory and attitude "what can you do?", or "things will be what they may be" are unacceptable 

to this volunteer.

 

There's always some level of suffering, heartache, physical and psychological pain, long rehabilitation, and even death, in emergency events. The injury, stress and aftermath of many disasters can cause severe long-term personal damage. I'm stressing the need for you, your friends, and family to become Aware and Prepared for disaster and emergency events.

 

Yes, what is not being told to everyone "is that the events in the world are changing exponentially (as I write this). Are these normal events"?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liOG25PuxhM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ6zJiNWtOs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7CHZ2hFpys

 

Just looking at the above catastrophes you'll see that you need to become Awareness Prepared. Environmental pollution, animals killed, downed power lines, sewer  and water contamination.....that is what is in that water and flooded area.

 

If you are not ready or able to become basic All-Hazards prepared, please review the material here and pass this vital message to others you know. Preparedness is a must. Then, by passing this to at least 3 people, and then those "pay it forward" to  another 3 people; we can all save lives. Perhaps it could be you and/or someone you know.

 

The time is now and basic preparedness can be obtained on this cyber channel http://www.911moves.com. This educational network prepares you with the beginning Awareness Education you MUST have in your portfolio of knowledge.

 

Preparedness posting is located at: "Phase one of the community awareness program and is brought to you by the creators of http://www.911moves.com . 

 

The automated series is presented at:

http://911moves.com/index.php/ct-menu-item-5

Our 911 Tool Box (shown above) features 6 web casts introducing each of the age 

appropriate modules. We urge everyone to download the pdf materials while they are available.

 

Thank you. Your comments on the Phase One are welcomed. 

Personal introductions are available upon request".

 

The next major events are spreading in our oceans. They're silent but DEADLY.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SiB4CM1dS8 

 

Franklin Palmer 

Associate Editor

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Frank Palmer 
As a lifetime volunteer for over the past 31 years, I've volunteered with Fire and Emergency Medical Services in 3 states. My American Red Cross rating is DSHR. I'm also a Health and Safety Instructor.This has given me unique views on volunteering for the challenges ahead. Today, I am no longer able to enter the active "First Response" due to a serious bicycle accident. I now assist in developing volunteers in the 911 system.My experience and passion comes through here at 911moves.com. An especially important part of this website is with the 911Toolbox I've put together, which we'll explore over time through different media (see the link above).

This is a  pro-active way to prepare adults and children in hazards awareness for your protection and for those you love.

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Glenn Hughes

For the past 13 years I've volunteered for ambulance work as an EMT and EMTI. I saw this as a way to help my community and to learn more about health, medical skills and issues.

I recommend that everyone try volunteering with your local Fire and Ambulance departments. It's a chance to learn many practical skills, help neighbors in need, and make new friends.

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Preparedness is the name of the game! The idea is to get with others in your community at schools, religious institutions, fire departments and anywhere you can meet to get the lifesaving training for emergencies. 

California Wildfire Disaster

 

CALIFORNIA HELLFIRES

Lost lives, pets, homes and property all part of the tremendous personal cost of the latest California wildfires. This has been the worst year for wildfires in California history. Now the survivors face the devastation, cleanup and confusion bordering on a “state of shock”.

 

At present the number of those who are still considered missing from the continuing California wildfires in both the Los Angeles area and in the Camp Fire area has been reduced from earlier estimated as has the death-toll.

 

We know that for everyone involved from fire fighters to friends and family of those who've died or who are still missing and almost all survivors are still suffering in some way. The fires are contained but have left tremendous damage behind.

 

Imagine being at these scenes with people surrounded by walls of flame everywhere devouring homes, cars, just about everything all around. For weeks there hasn't been relief from this nightmare till now. Then the situation for firefighters continuing their work returning to these fires every day has been exhausting, dangerous and terrible for their health.

 

With all the wildfires in California in 2018 the estimates of damage still vary. In California alone, this past year there were over 6,228 wildfires burning.

                    Over 85 fatalities which has fluctuated from up to 91 and back down again.

                    Nearly 20,000 structures destroyed with most home contents wiped out.

                    1,890,438 acres destroyed.

                    The financial cost of these fires may rise above $3.5 billion dollars which includes nearly half that amount in fire suppression and later flooding costs.

                     Farmers alone are expecting $2.1 billion claims from the wildfires

 

There also all those losses in personal property, record/paperwork, and daily necessities which will take months to deal with. Thousands of people will have lost nearly everything they had.

 

Some have suggested that forest management has not been working hard and smart enough to keep towns and residents safe, there are other reasons. Fire department leaders have described the problem as the encroaching “urbanization” of the nearby areas up to and into the forests. Also there were thousands of dead trees in the wildfire areas.

 

As everyone would like natural surroundings with lots of trees, things have gotten crowded around the shrinking woodlands.

 

It is common knowledge that these types of fires are most likely caused by human activity either accidental or intentional which are then magnified and intensified by weather conditions which can be attributed to changes in climate we've seen around the world. Then with the occasional acts of vandalism and negligence it's amazing these wildfires aren't more common. They are getting worse

 

When you consider the combination of these human factors in the setting of fires each year with the increase of human density of residential areas, there are bound to be greater wildfire dangers increasing in the future with the added heat, strong Santa Ana wind and drought.

 

 

“WE WEREN'T TOLD IN TIME!”

Then there is the problem of adequate notifications. Residents often see and hear about smaller fires all the time and they become jaded. Other people were frustrated about not getting timely warning of these incredibly fast moving fires.

 

Confusion about the level of urgency sets in with the many fire disaster warnings that have gone out in recent years. Part of that confusion has to do with all the different methods of warning including text messaging, email, social media, reverse 911 notifications, cell phones with different carriers, operating systems and upgrades, land lines, as well as all the new and old versions of TV, cable, streaming and radio. There's no one system that everyone knows and understands. Then there's shortwave, police band, or CB radios which can be lifesavers for those few who know how to use them. 

 

Other complicating factors have been the large number of Seniors in these fire prone areas. Many seniors have mobility issues which in the very least tend to slow everything down. The combination of health complications, hearing and vision problems, plus the multiple medications many seniors need also cause increased confusion and then panic as their slower pace reduces their already short escape time.

 

ESCAPE!

There have been many nightmarish stories, photos and videos of those unable to escape the fires in their cars. People were driving through the flames! Many died in their cars, incinerated.

 

Roads became jammed as the fires quickly approached. This led to worse traffic blockage as many residents abandoned their cars to take off on foot running along the narrow mountain roads with children, pets and whatever they could carry out. Some may not have made it to safety.

 

 

 

THE FUTURE

There's a good chance the future will be a repeat of this year's wildfire disasters. In that case it is important that reconstruction be done in a way that permits easier exit in wildfires and careful consideration of the location of homes in high wind drought areas.

 

PREPARING

The size, frequency and number of the weather and climate disasters has been increasing so there's reason to expect at least more of the same each year. Rebuilding and returning to false sense of security needs an update. As with all potential disasters such as wildfires or hurricanes, FEMA and Red Cross have information about preparedness for yourself and your family and communities in wildfire prone areas

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These include:

        PLANS FOR EVACUATION

        10 days’ worth Supplies to have on hand.

        Having a go to shelter.

        Preparedness for elderly and those with disabilities.

        Financial Preparedness including duplicate paperwork for

                Insurance,

                Bills

                Business

 

AWARENESS OF RAPID CHANGES

Just as with the dangers of hurricanes for the East and Gulf coast areas of the U.S. The climate is forcing us to be better prepared for quick moving and changing weather disasters.

 

The preparations and precautions include:

        Familiarity with wildfire risks locally.

        Learn home fire prevention techniques.

        Availability of water in pond or other sources with pumps

        Grounds tools such as rakes, shovels and other tools.

        Clean grounds and roof of leaves and branches.

        Have an exit strategy both in the home and out to safety.

        Set up a meeting place and communication plan in the event of wildfire.

        Have a friend or relative as contact for your family.

 

 

Action Plan

        Be ready to leave with supplies and vehicle.

                Supplies in a backpack for each person include:

                        10-day supply of food and water

                        hand crank radio and flashlight with recyclable batteries

                        More than one cell phone with chargers

                        Meds, complete first aid kit, and personal hygiene items

                        Emergency blanket.

                        Multi-purpose utility tools

                        Copies of important docs such as id, med info, home deed

                                And Banking information

                        Cash

                        Maps and compass

                        Proper clothing for both night and day travel.  

                       

        Have portable radio with local news.

        Know shelters and/or friends and family to stay with in an emergency.

        Use breathing filters for smoke and or dust.

 

Returning home.

        Do not return home until it is safely and officially ready.

        When home check for smoldering and hot items.

        Watch and protect children and pets from hidden dangers.

       

         MORE INFORMATION

In order to find out more about services available to wildfire survivors please check:

American Red Cross: Shelter and food

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: Grants for fire victims

California Fire Foundation: Financial assistance

Enloe Medical Center: Accepting donations for fire victims

Entertainment Industry Foundation: Helps firefighters and other volunteers.

Humane Society of Ventura County: Helps with displaced pets and animals

North Valley Community Foundation: Raises money for fire victims.

Salvation Army: Provides meals and shelter.

Other organizations helping fire victims

 

•   Woolsey fire

Residents looking for information and assistance with

•   lost paperwork

•   insurance claims

•   FEMA assistance,

•   Property cleanup, repairs and rebuilding.

•   Conrad L. Hilton Foundation, 30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91362

Malibu Courthouse, 23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265

       

        Another center is in Thousand Oaks.

        at the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road.

 

Disasters Happen 2018
ADVICE FOR SAVING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES!
When you picture  preparedness, at first you may think of preppers in camouflage clothing, military style backpacks, and equipment. That isn't the whole story with National Preparedness Month 2018.
 
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency set September as National Preparedness Month timed with seasonal storms, flooding in some areas, wildfires and drought in others. It was designed to reduce deaths, injury and property damage as well as reducing strain on emergency services. Actually we should remember the important messages of Preparedness Month every month.
Plan before disasters arrive:
Have a kit
Double check your vehicle
Duplicate Important Documents
Insurance
Communicate
Follow official directions
And more...
When hurricanes approach in places like South Carolina this year, we get warnings from television and radio reports and later there are local directions to either evacuate, stay at home or go to shelters.  After all the warnings, we better be ready. That's where National Preparedness fills in a some memory gaps of what to do in a major emergency.
 
The American Red Cross supports the FEMA National Preparedness Month by helping spread the information FEMA provides. But Red Cross and FEMA can only do the big picture work for whole regions. We're responsible for our own safety.
 
Having lived through many hurricanes, and blizzards which brought extended blackouts and other stormy situations, there's always more to learn and remember.
 
While National Preparedness Month focuses mostly on hurricanes, the advice that FEMA and Red Cross provides work quite well for all the other natural disasters such as wildfires, flooding, blackouts, tornadoes and more.
 
Most of what national preparedness month puts out for Preparedness Month is not new, particularly for Preppers, but it is an important reminder and a call to action to take this subject seriously.
 
HURRICANE MONTH
Hurricane Florence was the big surprise of the 2008 hurricane season (so far). Florence caused tremendous flooding damage and already 48 deaths both from the storm itself and flooding. As with Hurricane Maria last year, there are always after-effects from these storm. Usually homes and businesses in low-lying areas will be flooded. This has been the case with Hurricane Florence.
 
Actually every month should be preparedness month. To rush around in hurricane season preparing as it's happening is a little late. But the advice that FEMA and Red Cross provide for preparedness, if done carefully, can save lives and a great deal of grief.
 
Now that September is over we can assess what we should do even better to prepare for the next major storms and wildfires in addition to major snowstorms and power outages coming. We need to prepare, double-check and be ready.
 
This is a time to make sure that we have everything in place  for all kinds of disasters. Many times these disasters create multiple additional problems which we need to consider in our plans.
 
The major disasters we have in the United States over the past 10 years have been hurricanes on the East Coast in the Gulf of Mexico and wildfires in California and other areas of the West. September is an important part of the hurricane season and so this is timely.
 
Preparation for these large scale disasters needs to be year round by reviewing a disaster plan, checking supplies, making sure about evacuation, etc.
 
As we've seen in places like North and South Carolina with Florence, and with hurricane Maria in Florida and Puerto Rico, being ready is vital. We all must have a preparedness plan in place in advance of the hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes or other disasters.
 
So these survival “tips” that FEMA provides after many years of experience with every kind of disaster are a list of things to do to, to review, and to have in place ready for everyt kind of disaster to save lives and homes.
 
PLAN OF ACTION
FEMA, which so many Americans see as a last resort savior in times of desperate need after storms, is encouraging us to have our plan and necessary supplies all ready to avoid becoming a casualty.
 
FEMA and Red Cross provide valuable services before and during storms and other emergencies that warn us of what we should be expecting. Both agencies have phone applications to update us of changing weather and instructions for evacuation, staying home or finding other shelter.
 
Not everyone wants to follow these instructions and some don't pay attention but for the rest of us it would be wise to follow their guidance as well as the directions of local officials and authorities. We have to be proactive and check for changes in evacuation and shelter information in our area. Often these change without much warning.
 
That list starts out with a plan of action for either evacuating or staying at home in the case of hurricane for instance but it's true for all emergencies.
 
In terms of your plan of action, everyone in your home or family should know what the plan is to either evacuate, go to a shelter, or stay-at-home with the supplies you need in a chaotic and changing disaster situation. That plan should be discussed practiced and checked to make sure nothing's missing and everyone knows what to do. If the group or family somehow gets split up right before during or after the storm or other disaster, everyone should know what to do to link up again and where to find essential survival items. Each person should have their own backpack, “bug-out bag”, or duffel bag.
 
So a plan of action needs to be established and familiar to everyone. It also has to  be flexible in case we need to quickly evacuate by vehicle or on foot to some new destination. We need a plan even if were staying at home. It should be practiced regularly.
 
COMMUNICATING
For a family, it's important to have everyone be familiar and up-to-date with the changing plan for either evacuation, staying at home or going to shelter. This way if the family splits up there's a plan for communicating and getting back together again. If someone gets separated in a storm or other disaster it would be important if they have their necessary supplies with them in a backpack or duffel bag. Storms change hour by hour and instructions by officials and from authorities may change and we must all be ready to adjust and have our supplies in the form of kits be handy at all times.
 
STAY INFORMED
FEMA recommends that we stay informed about approaching hurricanes or other disasters. Through television, radio, and emergency applications for the telephone and computer, we must be tuned in for instructions about whether to evacuate or stay in place at home or find other shelter nearby. Both FEMA and Red Cross have emergency phone and computer applications for this purpose.
 
In terms of being prepared, staying informed is vital for our survival during hurricane or other disaster.
To download the FEMA mobile app.
 
GET THINGS READY
FEMA explains that if we're evacuating, we need to have our vehicle ready loaded and packed. The vehicle should be in good working order with good tires and full tank of gasoline all ready to move.
 
In order to make the evacuation successful, we need to know what a good evacuation route will be. Once that's established, will need good maps in paper form and online through our phone's FEMA or Red Cross emergency apps. Wind, rain and other weather problems may change our plans so have alternates and stay informed.
 
HAVE A KIT
On the road or wherever we stay we need supplies on hand in a portable kit such as backpack or duffel bag.
 
Our kit should hold approximately three days worth of food, and separately bring or have at home a gallon of water per day, for each member of our family per day. Don't forget your pets especially if you leave home.
 
        We'll also need to take extra batteries for our phones
         Flashlights and portable radios and their batteries.
In addition will need any
        Medications,
        Sanitary and hygiene items,
        Rough weather clothing
        Blankets and sleeping bags.
        Both paper and saved digital maps in case of communication is disrupted.
 
We'll need food which is nonperishable either dried or canned for each person for three days.
Include bleach in case it's necessary to purify water for personal use.
 
Have extra cash in the form of bills and coins in case electricity goes down.
 
If necessary, prepare to evacuate with pets their food and water. Many shelters do not allow pets or other animals unless they are necessary to assist the handicapped.
 
It's good to know following evacuation routes where there are pet friendly hotels, kennels or other ways to keep your pets safe.
 
 FEMA recommends having copies of all important papers such as birth certificates and other types of identification as possible. Once the storm passes in case files have been destroyed or lost in the storm, having portable copies will be very important not just in the case of identification during the evacuation but also in the case that the house or home has been destroyed.
 
INSURANCE CAN SAVE YOU THOUSANDS!
Lastly, a very important recommendation from FEMA is to have flood insurance. Many homeowners insurance plans don't include flood insurance. FEMA says 1 inch of flood water in a home is equal to approximately $25,000 worth of damage, more if there's expensive equipment and home office.
 
When hurricanes strike, the damage costs can prohibitive. Since it's estimated that roughly 40% of Americans don't have $400 worth of savings for a “rainy day” many flood victims won't survive financially. Then there's the sad fact that roughly 85% of flood victims have no flood insurance at all.
 
It's important to know based on where you live and what kind of disasters are most likely whether or not your current insurance covers those disasters. Many people who lost their homes along the East Coast, especially Florida, and in the Gulf area across to Texas, did not have flood insurance. Not only did these people lose their homes and everything in them, but after the storm it was very difficult financially to start over. So both FEMA and Red Cross put special emphasis on making sure you have coverage first for flood damage and whatever may be applicable where you live.
 
For The situations where we'll be evacuating by vehicle or to a local shelter, it's important to know how to turn off or disconnect your gas, and in winter turn off the water and if possible drain out the pipes.
 
Coming in Part 2 of this information will be about seniors prepping for disaster situations.
 
For More information particularly about insurance visit
and
 
To donate to victims of Hurricane Florence please visit:
 

United Way Foundation

ASPCA

UNICEF

 

 
 

Are Americans Unfit for Survival?

Recently the U.S. Army complained again that in their efforts to expand military size and strength to new goals there aren't enough young people who qualify for the job. Large numbers of them are so out of shape and in many cases overweight and these are the volunteers for the job. They want to join.
Too many young Americans are unfit by reason of their general physical condition
largely because of sedentary living.  they're overweight to the point of obesity and large numbers of them are technically obese. These young people are so out of shape that the military feels it would be either too difficult or impossible to work these applicants into shape in any reasonable amount of time.
 

What About Adults?

Sadly, it's not just the young people who are so unfit they don't qualify for basic training. Among the general population sedentary and out of shape individuals form the majority. The problems that accompany weight increases over the years stem from lack of physical activity, poor meal quality, snacks and drinks.  A big additional reason is sedentary living and lack of any kind of an active personal physical health goal.
With this set of contributing factors added to the aging condition of Seniors, Boomers, and retirees and we can see how we have a situation which is not good, particularly in times of rising costs and proposed cutbacks in healthcare services. Any interruption or breakdown of medical services would be devastating for large number of Americans.
This growing health crisis isn't being addressed by public leaders, mass media and certainly not by the public. There have always been commercially packaged diet plans and meals, exercise programs which work very well for certain people but are only temporary for most customers. As a nation we just drift along where our televisions and the internet lead us which often is to more food addictions and more couch time enjoying seeing lifestyles of the fit and wealthy.
 

What’s A Better Plan?

Seems like we need a plan for all age groups which is a no-brainer and doable for everyone. No fancy shoes or clothes should be required and the food should be available locally. One option which we're always reminded of is walking.
On television we see pharmaceutical ads starring people with all kinds of physical problems from pain and skin problems to depression and everything in between made happy and free to swim, walk, run, and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Most people at home watching this stream of quick fix drug ads never seems to see themselves get into action. Sadly, the only action for the tube audience is to walk to or reach for snacks.
In time television may be completely replaced by entertainment on other kinds of electronic devices but the physical activities at home and are even more grounded in chairs and the couch with the twitching fingers active with games and typing messages.
Even sports which glorifies fitness, agility, and the rewards of hard physical training is played with a small number of team players surrounded by an audience of hundreds, thousands, and perhaps millions of viewers watching television glued to their seats often eating and drinking poor quality stuff.
All leads to bad health and an increasingly overloaded healthcare system for the whole country.
Soon the whole medical, and national healthcare system will be inundated with the number of overweight and sedentary patients from kids to Seniors who have trouble getting up and around. The side effects of this lifestyle are endless but are primarily heart problems and other circulatory complications, and constipation which includes many organ problems caused by backed up waste throughout the body. Lastly the obesity/sedentary problem debilitates our whole immune system by having to deal with the sheer amount of backed up poorly digested low quality food in our systems. We need personal action on a daily basis. We need to be up and around to keep the body and mind from stagnation.
 

What to Do?

For years doctors have recommended a half-hour to an hour per day three times per week for aerobic exercise. Something that gets the heart pumping where you can work up a bit of a sweat. Now many doctors are saying that 3 hours of aerobics per week does not erase the damage done by a sedentary lifestyle which often includes a desk job or school desk, commute sitting in a car or mass transit and then dinner followed by relaxing couch distractions. With frequent full body motion we help circulation throughout the body and especially to the brain!
Health specialists agree that while we need to be sure to get proper nutrition from our meals and what we drink, we also need to be just as diligent in the matter of cleansing ourselves internally, our innards. By periodically eating less, and eating more selectively to cleanse our digestive system we solve a lot of problems.
 

Get Up and Around!

Which gets us back to expecting services we take for granted now like healthcare, emergency hospital services and doctor's office visits which may not be affordable or even possible during disasters or economic hard times. 
We shouldn't have to wait for problems in the financial or medical world to force us to deal with health issues within our control. Healthy diet, plenty of clean drinking water and exercise plus getting up and around every waking hour will help.
Glenn Hughes